Atallah’s maps show that 50 square kilometers of land in Lebanon has been dug for quarrying.
In the original version published on July 19, 2018, it is reported that Beirut measures at 85 square kilometers. It in fact measures around 22 square kilometers. The Daily Star regrets this error.
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Five thousand years later, the mountains of Lebanon are again under threat – but this time by industry and technologies of the modern world. While unregulated quarrying is nothing new in Lebanon, the accelerated destruction of mountains in recent months has resurrected Humbaba in the form of angry Lebanese citizens who are taking a stand against the demolitions of their hometowns. Abi Rached refers to these activists as "eco-militants," and has spent considerable time coordinating with them to protect Lebanon's mountains. PICTURE OF DESTRUCTIONAccording to recently publicized maps by architect and activist Antoine Atallah, 50 square kilometers of land in Lebanon has been dug for quarrying.DEMOLITION FOR WHAT?Compared to the quarrying that takes place in European countries, Lebanon has exploited its natural resources far more than needed, Fenianos said.He attributed Lebanon's excessive quarrying mainly to uncontrolled urbanization and unregulated construction.While much attention locally and internationally has been given to Lebanon's mountains in recent months, Fenianos noted that other environmental issues were perhaps even more serious.
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